It doesn’t matter what you call it…”Updated Retro” or “Modern Vintage,” but it’s pretty obvious that the design world is going backwards…well sorta…but in a good way.
We are currently in the midst of a Twilight Zone of design, where old is new and somehow modern. It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly started this trend, but the modern retro style of design is literally everywhere you look. Have you ever wondered why shows like Mad Men or Boardwalk Empire are as popular as they are? Or why the latest rendition of The Great Gatsby took in over $300 million at the box office? Or why artists like Bruno Mars sell over 8 million albums worldwide?
It’s because each form of entertainment successfully took a popular trend from past generations and modernized it for today’s audience to enjoy. Sure, it’s a basic principle, but a principle that can easily go awry if not done correctly.
But have no fear, because that’s why we are here, to be your mystic guide in designing a modern retro bathroom. Because let’s be honest, if anyone knows anything about vintage designing, it’s a company that has been around for nearly 145 years.
Choosing the right fixtures for a modern retro bathroom is key. If you have a retro designed bathroom with a modernized faucet or shower head, the entire atmosphere of your bathroom will be askew. If you use a shower head or faucet that is a bit too ancient looking, your bathroom will be prehistoric and off-putting.
At Speakman®, we specifically design fixtures for this genre of fashion. The Anystream® Retro™ and Vintage™ shower heads feature a timeless 1920′s design, but with a modernized updates on their solid brass frame. The Anystream® Vintage™ shower head features a distinct, octagonal design, whereas the Anystream® Retro™ shower head embodies the true elegance of the “Roarin’ 20′s” with fluid, era-inspired curvatures.
Get rid of the plastic…Instead, add glass bottles and jugs to be featured as containers for your bathroom’s accessories. The use of glass provides a more rustic, aged looked, and it’s also a relatively inexpensive option for bathroom canisters.
A charming approach to a modern retro bathroom is to strip your wood cabinets of the paint it currently has, or find cabinets that have a natural aged look to them. Also, use colors that are reminiscent of specific time periods, like the photo above which features an aged aqua-marine finish, or even an off white featured on the fixture below.
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